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June 30, 2012


by at 2:13 pm.




June 28, 2012

Open Thread: Mandate Edition

by at 10:46 am.

Update: “Those who have sought to demonize health reform need to put an end to their scare tactics. This needs to begin a new day, where the test is not what you can oppose but what you can propose.” - John Kerry

At a press conference held on March 6, 2006, Mitt Romney said he’s “very pleased with” the individual mandate.


June 26, 2012

Meddling Bad, Backfires

by at 4:17 pm.

Blogger fist bump to Chris Scott:

When reached by The Column Blog Tuesday, Sheehy said: “I support Superintendent Franco and her staff and I support their decision.”

Sheehy’s actions since the hiring was announced, however, appear to run counter to her public comments.

She voiced her displeasure with the hiring in separate meetings with Franco and Lang Monday morning. Additionally, her School Committee advocate, Dave Conway, is busy planting seeds around the city that Sheehy is more qualified and that she’s the victim of a political war between herself and Lang, who some say views Sheehy as a threat.

Just about every rock has been turned over. Here’s hoping that sunlight IS the best disinfectant.

PS. An observer told me earlier today, Dave Conway should go for the GLTHS seat. It’s more his “style,” out there.

June 25, 2012

Cruel Blogs

by at 10:02 am.

If you find me pulling my punches in my blogging, it is because I have hope. Hope that the “intended ” will get the message and shift course. Or, at a minimum, take it under advisement. When I come heavy, I feel like I’m dealing with a lost cause.

Of course, to some, a nudge is as good as a full assault. If you cast a shadow on their political halo, they react like your motive is to undo them. Such hyperbole normally betrays the weak mind of the thin skinned. So, should you hear a Councilor going on about how I have “hate” in my heart, please disregard the lobby. This sort of talk is used as a wedge. It intends to force a descision, are you “with Jack” or not? It is meant to threaten you. That you will be shunned, should you entertain the cruel blogger.

You wanna see cruel?

June 24, 2012

Who Threw Jay Lang Under The Bus? “Ed!”

by at 1:04 pm.

During the last Lowell Public Schools Superintendant search process, Lowell’s very own Jay Lang was considered early in the process. Mimi wrote about the process, at the time. Connoissuers of City Life will recall with exasperation, George Anthes exhorting repeatedly, “Who threw Jay Lang under the bus?”

Then? I’m not so sure. Now?

Back on June 2nd, I wrote a diary that roused some issues laying quitely around the Lowell Public Schools: What Kendall Can’t or Won’t Say Upon its release, there was a quick flurry of back and forth between Jim Leary and me. But, the thread laid fallow from June 3rd, until today. (Thanks to Jim Leary, btw. It’s good to talk it out in public, most times.)

So, early today, I find this comment:

That’s right. We need to make the required changes with student achievement at the forefront. The know- how on how to increase student achievement comes from educated, qualified and experienced individuals like Jean Franco not Jay Lang. If parents are to keep their kids in our schools then we need to get higher scores on MCAS. What some School Committee members refuse to believe is that it really is all about good teachers. Interview selection committees know that and that’s why they always pick the most qualified, experienced and educated individuals.


June 23, 2012

Scandal At The Kiosk/Madonna Mashup: Vogue

by at 8:37 am.

If ever there was a perfect song for today’s “scandal” it is this:



June 22, 2012

A Kind Word From (and for) Campi

by at 11:56 am.

My sharp tongue has earned me a rebuke from the spiritual leader of the “Downtown Mob.” You may be surprised to learn, I take note of such admonition.

So, it is with kind spirit that I praise the latest editorial from the Blog of Record The Lowell Sun.

After nearly four years of living on the economic edge, precipitated by the worst economic downtown since the Great Depression, the city can breathe a sigh of relief. Lowell is not flush in cash by any means, but the Lynch administration has navigated the fiscal ship through turbulent seas and earned Master-and-Commander status.

And unless there is a cataclysmic collapse in state local aid - which isn’t likely - Lowell is in a position to slowly and steadily build its stabilization funds and reserve accounts in the years ahead.


June 21, 2012

Of Course, The Herald Beat The Sun To The Scoop

by at 10:21 pm.

The Herald had home field advantage.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are set to meet in what’s sure to be a nationally watched UMass Lowell/Herald debate this fall.

The Sept. 27 debate is set to be moderated by NBC’s “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory at the Tsongas Center on the University of Massachusetts at Lowell campus.

Is it up on the Blog of Records twitter feed, yet? Nope! They are still running with this: Brown agrees to third debate with Warren

You know that old newsie saying? “Better late than never?” :v\

Update: Sun plays catch-up. (6:40:07 AM EDT) Maybe they picked up the deets from richardhowe.com?

Objectivity Much?

by at 8:37 pm.

Someone told me that they, and others, witnessed C.Elliott giving a ride to the cub reporter, Lyle Moran, sometime today.

That reminded me of a photo another person sent me about a month back:


I don’t blame C.Elliott for trying valiantly to “wag the dog.” Hell, it’s what I try to do. There is more to blame in this sort of thing for the journalist involved. Okay, I’ll go with “reporter” for Lyle Moran. Yet, I even find sympathy for him. He’s a cub reporter, afterall.

We know who the true culprit is!

Open Thread: Naughtyus Maximus Edition

by at 7:15 pm.

Ouch. The Blog of Record is rubbing Dave Conway’s nose in it: Conway’s candidate passed over for School Department job

Today, it did no good to have “a vewy gweat fwiend in Wome.”

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